WOW! What a day this was. Disney has done it again. Buena Vista St and Cars Land are both fantastic. My family and I had a great time on this outing. Here is a recap of our day.
We came up Thursday afternoon and got a hotel down the street from the resort...usually we like to stay at Disneyland Hotel, but prices are through the roof this time of year so we opted for close hotel. Free happy hour was a bonus! After reading the Disney blog following posts on Facebook about the lines that were already forming, I will admit...I was starting to second guess the decision to do opening day. To be honest, I didn't really sleep all that well.
We got up the next morning, gott dressed and we headed down to the shuttle. As always we garnered all sorts of looks that ranged from people looking at us like we had bananas coming out of our ears to ear to ear grins. We got to the Plaza between Disneyland and California Adventure a little before 8 AM. Now, we knew there had been all night campers in the plaza so we expected a huge crowd. Here is what it looked like:
At this point we are actually encouraged because there were no lines outside of the baggage check barricade. We hadn't eaten yet so we decided that we'd hit the La Brea Bakery and eat breakfast. By the time we ate and walked out of the restaurant, the line had extended the ENTIRE length of Downtown Disney. So now we're thinking we really messed up by going to get breakfast. At that point we figured we were not going to get in and that was it. So, we decided to just get in the OTHER bag checking line and would just go to Disneyland and hopefully the line would get smaller in a few hours. After about 15 minutes waiting in the "Disneyland Only" baggage check line...we went through the gate expecting to get ushered to the Disneyland gates by security or barricades.
We walked through the baggage check line and there were no barricades...no chains...no security directing us to the Disneyland gates. We strolled over the DCA gates in disbelief to find no real line:
5 minutes later....we were in 1927 Los Angeles.........MINDBLOWING!!!
Once in, the ladies made a pit stop...got a locker and we waited for some others to show up. They were handing out "today's paper" just inside the gates. So I told my boy to get a couple papers for us to check out. Without skipping a beat...the newsie (sort of) handed my boy his whole stack and told him to start handing them out!!! THIS WAS AWESOME!!!
UPDATE 27 AUG 2012...turns out...this CM was actually the set decorator for BVS. http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blo...park-part-one/
The cast member looked at me for approval after a couple minutes and I said..."PUT THAT BOY TO WORK!". So he handed out the entire stack...you should have seen people converging to take pictures. It was so great. At this point...I was sold and we were only about 20 yards in the gates.
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So after we got over the initial shock of how awesome it was...we all gathered up to figure out what we wanted to do. Just then we hear the DING-DING of a trolley car. Here she came...rolling up the street towards us...the Red Car Trolley!
Just about then...the rest of our gang showed up!
We were so ready to hop on the trolley so we got in line...but alas...the "Newsies" street show was about to start and it incorporates the other trolley that runs the route, so they shut down service during the show. Oh well...we'll hit it later. Then we started down Buena Vista St and it felt like we were on back lot of a movie studio.
We crossed under "Hyperion Bridge" and there she was...Carthay Theater in the distance.
Few more yards and we were in Carthay Circle...the centerpiece of Buena Vista St.
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More to come!